Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 4, 2018)
Word of the Day

whittle

Definition:(verb) To cut small bits or pare shavings from (a piece of wood).
Synonyms:pare
Usage: For my eighth birthday, my grandfather taught me how to whittle a toy boat from a scrap of firewood.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Predicative Adjectives

Predicative adjectives that describe the subject of the clause will follow a linking verb. In such cases, they are known as subject complements. When predicative adjectives describe the direct object of non-linking verbs, what are they called? More...
Article of the Day

Child Soldiers

Children have been used extensively in military campaigns as direct combatants, porters, spies, and sex slaves throughout history, even in societies where such involvement is regarded as immoral, and the practice remains widespread today. Hundreds of thousands of child soldiers can be found throughout the world, with an estimated 100,000 in Africa alone. Under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, conscripting or enlisting children under what age constitutes a war crime? More...
This Day in History

T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant Explosion (1918)

On the night of October 4, 1918, an explosion rocked the T.A. Gillespie Company's ammunition plant in Sayreville, New Jersey, one of the largest such plants in the world at the time. The blast triggered a series of explosions, which continued for three days, killing 100 people. Sayreville and nearby South Amboy and Perth Amboy were evacuated, displacing about 62,000 people who thus became more vulnerable to the catastrophic flu epidemic of 1918. What remnant of the accident was found in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Charlton Heston (1923?)

An iconic Hollywood leading man and six-term president of the Screen Actors Guild, Heston distinguished himself as an actor playing larger-than-life heroes in films like The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, El Cid, and Ben-Hur. The strapping performer also used his sonorous voice to speak out against racism and other political issues of his day. A staunch opponent of gun control, he made what phrase famous at a 2000 National Rifle Association convention? More...
Quotation of the Day
Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

sit a spell

To sit down, relax, and socialize for a while at one's leisure. More...
Today's Holiday

Mozambique Peace Day (2018)

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution, funded by the United States Congress to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts; it played an instrumental role in brokering the peace in Mozambique. On October 4, 1992, Joaquim Alberto Chissano, President of the Republic of Mozambique, signed the Mozambique General Peace Agreement in Rome and essentially put an end to the country's civil war. To commemorate this day, the Republic of Mozambique has declared October 4 as Peace Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tortoise

shellpad - Another name for a tortoise. More...

testudinate - Means "slow-moving; like a turtle," from Latin testudo, "tortoise," and also describes something curved or vaulted like a turtle shell. More...

Galapagos Islands - Named for the massive tortoises living there, from Old Spanish galapago, "tortoise." More...

turtle, tortoise, terrapin - Turtle is applied to those living in water and tortoise to those that live on land, while terrapins live in fresh water; turtle and tortoise may come from the Latin root tort, with reference to the animals' twisted feet. More...

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